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Authors to look out for in 2023

The joy that books can bring, even if we dont realize it.
Photo Credit: Daniella Albuquerque
The joy that books can bring, even if we don’t realize it.

Before browsing the internet became a thing, people took a liking to literature. In the morning, they would read the newspaper and at the end of the day, they would crack a book open.

Like today, they would spend hours devouring the beautiful words that authors left behind. It may be hard to find, but there are brilliant authors who have created worlds beyond imaging, like J.K Rowling.  Below are a couple of authors who are worth checking out.

Alex Aster

Aster released “Lightlark”, on Aug. 23, 2022. The sequel will be released later this year.

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“Lightlark”, is a young adult fantasy/romance novel. It takes place in a time where no one is happy nor safe.  Centuries ago, the six realms that formed the island of Lightlark became cursed. Every hundred years, the six rulers compete in a deadly tournament.  They have a deadline of one hundred days in order to break their realms’ curse. In doing so, they are indulging in a wicked game of lying, cheating, and betraying. If one does succeed, they will not only get unimaginable powers, but they will also get to choose which realm dies. Can the young ruler, Isla Crown, succeed and save her people? Or will love come in the way?

Are you someone who enjoys a book about the past and future?

Femi Fadugba

Fadugba released “The Upper World,” on Aug. 19, 2021. The novel takes place in South London, where high school students, Esso and Rhia, learn about the Upper World and themselves. Esso is trying to live his teenage life without getting involved in a gang war, and make sense of his feelings for his friend. Esso was involved in a car crash which made it possible for him to see parts of the future and the past; the Upper World. He is hoping he will be able to make sense of everything, with the help of his late father’s journal.

Unlike Esso, Rhia doesn’t know a single thing about her family, especially her birth mother. Rhia lives with her foster family, but longs to learn about the mother who died when she was just a baby. One day, her new physics tutor comes in carrying her mother’s photo. Rhia feels like she finally might get the answers she has been craving for, and Esso might have found an essential part to an incident that involves Rhia’s mother.

Since the release, his readers have craved for the sequel and Fadugba has delivered. “The Mirror World” will be released on March 2, 2023.

In the “Mirror World,” Esso and Rhia’s story continues. As they learn more about the Upper World, they soon realize that they aren’t the only ones who can control its power. Danger will soon approach from both the present and past. Are they prepared for what awaits them?

Do you like books about monsters?

Vanessa Len

On Feb. 22, 2022, Len released “Only a Monster.” Sixteen year-old, Joan, was set on having an amazing summer with her relatives in London. She finds a job which she absolutely loves at the historic Holland House. With the job comes  her co-worker Nick, who eventually asks her out.

Everything begins to fall in place, until Joan learns the truth about everything: nothing is what it seems to be. She is a monster, and Nick is supposed to bring her to her end. With the realization, Joan understands that she needs to do everything in her power to protect her family. Even when teaming up with Aaron Oliver, a monster who comes from a family who hates her own.

“An absolute page-turner. Only a Monster paints another vivid world inside the one we know, and uses a deft hand to bring it utterly alive. Vanessa Len blurs the age-old lines between good or evil, hero or monster, in the most captivating way,” said Chloe Gong, New York Times bestselling author of “These Violent Delights.”

On Aug. 29, 2023, Len will release the second book in the trilogy “Never a Hero.”

Joan achieved what she thought wouldn’t be possible: saving her family. With the great achievement came with a cost, she reset the timeline. Nick doesn’t remember who she is and Aaron is now her enemy. As she is on the run, Joan learns of a secret that could threaten everyone she loves. And Nick is close to figuring out the truth of what she really did to him.



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Daniella Albuquerque, Editor-in-chief
Daniella Albuquerque is a 16 year old in her Sophomore year at Colonia High school. She is involved in tennis, Spring Track, Interact Club, Book Club, and Student Council. She has never been athletic but has joined a few sports over the last couple of years, she recently found her love for tennis. Albuquerque is a bubbly person who loves to speak and get to know people whenever and wherever. If you asked her what her favorite hobby would have to be, she would answer with no hesitation: reading. When she isn´t studying or playing tennis, you can find her holed up in her room reading books. Her favorite genre has to be romance with a mix of fantasy. Albuquerque would like to study abroad and major in writing. Her dream is either to work for an important editing company or become a best selling author. With this being her second year with the Declaration of Independence, she hopes she does it well and is informative with what she writes.    

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